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Some Linux tools and commands I use

Some of the apps, scripts or tools I use are set and forget, or just work without me ever needing to touch them after initial configuration. Then by the time I need to make some changes or reinstall my system, I forgot what the names of these tools are or how to configure them and I need to research everything all over again. That’s why I decided to keep this list, for myself to refer to whenever I need a reminder.

This list is (very) incomplete, constantly evolving and as everything on this site mainly meant for my personal use.

My main OS is Manjaro Sway.

As clipboard manager I use CopyQ.
It needed some extra config to make it integrate into Sway the way I like.

I also use a text expander: Espanso. I’ still manually restarting it from time to time with the command line “espanso restart”…

I also have Warpd installed to replace mouse, but always forget to use it…

To make my hotkeys react differently to short press and long press I use interception – dual function keys and configure it in /etc/interception/my-mappings.yaml

Grimshot for screenshots

rofi-wayland as menu, with rofi-power-menu, rofi-mixer, rofi-calc

waybar as system bar

For video editing I use Shotcut, and for screen recording OBS Studio.

The shell command “kbdrate -r 9 -d 500” may or may not solve the irritating debounce issue on my Bluetooth keyboard.

To turn on battery conservationI use TLPUI or on ideapad laptop (charge only to 60%):

sudo bash -c "echo 1 >/sys/bus/platform/drivers/ideapad_acpi/VPC2004:00/conservation_mode"

And to turn it off echo 0 instead of 1.

sudo bash -c "echo 0 >/sys/bus/platform/drivers/ideapad_acpi/VPC2004:00/conservation_mode"

Bettercap for some network debugging and monitoring

Switching from Sublime to VSCodium as text editor

LMStudio and GPT for all as my local large language modal, with mixtrial dolphin as model.

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